Tagged: Hardwood Flooring
January 29, 2013 at 1:12 pm #11818
When installing hardwood flooring if your going to use a mechanical fastener to hold the floor down you have two choices: cleat nails or staples.The question I often get asked is whats the difference? and What’s the best quality?
Attachments:~ Rob at http://www.ConcordCarpenter.comJanuary 30, 2013 at 2:38 am #11928
What do you prefer? I’ve only done the floating flooringJanuary 30, 2013 at 10:32 am #11989
I prefer cleat nails but my current nailer is a staple nailer.~ Rob at http://www.ConcordCarpenter.comJanuary 30, 2013 at 10:58 am #11991
I started using cleats, but the last two floors used staples, I just get the feeling that the staples hold better, not that there has ever been a problem with cleats. I think both are great as long as install correctly, that the biggest issue I see is people not putting enough fasteners into the floor.April 2, 2013 at 9:23 pm #19538
I’ve used the staples. But good to a different
OPTIONSApril 25, 2013 at 6:18 pm #22830
I’ve found cleats hold better in lumber i.e pine subfloors.
But they are not recommended for plywood or OSB subfloors.
I have a nailer that can use both and mostly go with staples.June 16, 2013 at 11:11 am #29160
Typically staples. Seems to be faster and hane never had a problem with the holdAugust 14, 2013 at 5:02 pm #37743
jkirkModeratorhalifax, nova scotia
i rarely lay hardwood but when i have its always been staples, all the hardwood guys hire use staples alsoputting down subfloor with glue and screws, so i called dr smith and the robot too!August 14, 2013 at 8:03 pm #37758
I also use staples for the few times that I lay hardwood floors.Mark E. Los Gatos, CA www.creative-redwood-designs.com
Member since Jan 22, 2013August 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm #37875
We typically use staplesAugust 18, 2013 at 8:16 am #38040
I use staples also. I don’t feel like the cleat nails hold as well in old board subfloors, and have had some repairs where the cleat has split tongues. Less tendency for a staple to do that.
kevinAugust 18, 2013 at 9:19 am #38046
I would agree Kevin t, that the Staples with the tongue a lot less than the cleatsNovember 21, 2013 at 1:28 am #60377
Calidecks64ProAnaheim Hills, Cali
I used cleat nails on this floor, came out good.
- This reply was modified 11 months ago by CaliDecks.
Attachments:November 21, 2013 at 8:33 am #60436
Both of them seem to work equally well for us. We’ve used nailers in the past that but our current gear is mostly staplers, which hold fine – no warranty issues so far.November 21, 2013 at 4:45 pm #60657
This past week we installed 480 sq ft of hard maple. I’d estimate roughly half of that work was removing the old underlayment – particle board under vinyl that was PL’d and stapled down to the OSB subfloor. After pulling staples on my knees for two straight days and demo’ing with a Bosch Bulldog with a tile blade I could tell you that staples hold better. My nailer is a 3-in-1 Freeman that will shoot either, so I went with the staples.
Attachments:December 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm #67764
Staples is what I used the one time I did it
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